School of Earth and Environment

Anne Tallontire Dr Anne Tallontire

Senior Lecturer: Business, Environment & Corporate Responsibility; Pro-Dean for Student Education

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Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


I am a Senior Lecturer in Business, Environment and Corporate Responsibility. I have a background in economics, politics and international development and much of my recent research focuses on the way in which the private sector, including through corporate social responsibility, affects development. I look at this in two different ways: through a focus on supply chain relationships and also sustainability standards, such as fair trade. I consider who benefits in the supply chain, whose voice is heard in the governance of the supply chain, and the standards that are used to promote sustainability. My exerience is in the agri-food sector and I focus particularly on the impacts and perspectives of those at the producer end of the chain.

I have extensive research and consultancy experience having worked on projects for a variety of national and international clients, including UK Department for International Development, Department for Food and Rural Affairs, Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International, Foreign Investment Advisory Service of the World Bank, Ethical Trading Initiative, United Nations Common Fund for Commodities, Food and Agriculture Organization, Hivos. This has involved field work in a number of African countries including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Sudan and South Africa.

I have a number of student education responsibilities, particularly as Pro-Dean for Student Education for the Faculty of Environment.


BA (1st class honours) Economics, Politics with North American Studies, University of Leeds, 1991

M.A (Distinction) Development Studies, University of Leeds, 1993

PhD, Development and Project Planning Centre, University of Bradford, 1999


I am a member of the Development Studies Association and an active member of the DSA study group on Business and Development.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

I have over 15 years of experience in development research. I was Principal Investigator for an ESRC-DFID research project - The Governance Implications of Private Standards Initiatives (2007-2010). Much of my research has been related to sustainability standards including fair trade. I recently wrote a chapter on Fair Trade in Africa to this edited volume: The Handbook of Research on Fair Trade, eds. Laura T. Raynolds and Elizabeth A. Bennett, London: Edward Elgar, March 2015. .

This working paper draws on some of my experince on sustainability standards:

Tallontire, A., Nelson, V., Benton, T. and Dixon, J. (2012), ‘A review of the literature and knowledge of standards and certification systems in agricultural production and farming systems’. NRI Working Paper, No.2. September, 2012. UK: Chatham.

I am Co-Investigatator for BURNS - Building Up Resilience in Supply Chains, a White Rose Colloborative Project. To date, we have produced the following working paper:

Anne Tallontire, Bob Doherty, Chee Yew Wong, William Young, Mike Tse, Severine Saintier, Zoe Ollerenshaw, Mina Said-Allsopp, Corrado Topi, David Oglethorpe (2015) Building up resilience in agricultural supply chains:towards an integrated approach, SRI Working Paper No. 79, SRI Papers (Online) ISSN 1753-13

I am an active member of the following groups in the Sustainability Research Institute:

Across the University, I am involved in the following research centres:

My work has largely been in the context of food and agriculture, but has extended to jewellery and handicrafts, covering issues such as:

  • How corporate responsibility has benefited poor people particularly in developing countries, including the gender implications of tools for corporate responsibility such as codes of practice;
  • Whether corporate responsibility can benefit poor people in developing countries;
  • How corporate responsibility standards can work better in the interests of poor people, including different strategies for fair trade and their implications for people in developing countries;
  • Trade policy aspects of private standards;
  • The application of value chain analysis to corporate responsibility and private standards;
  • The wider developmental and institutional implications of corporate responsibility

Prior to joining the University of Leeds I was a Research Fellow at the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Greenwich where I managed the Natural Resources and Ethical Trade programme, established in 1997 as the first body focused on the promotion and investigation of social and environmental dimensions in trade from the perspective of developing countries and poor people. I began working in this field in the mid 1990s, by studying for a PhD on fair trade on coffee, focusing on the relatioship between European fair trade organisations and a coffee co-operative in Tanzania.

Teaching Interests

I am currently Pro-Dean for Student Education for the Faculty of Environment and was Director of Student Education for the School of Earth and Environment from 2012 to 2016. I teach on modules in the the following programmes:

I have been awarded a University Student Education Fellowship (January 2014) which led to a project entitled 'Making Group Work Work'.

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Completed PhDs

  • Mina Said Allsopp: Female Empowerment Within Global Value Chains: A Study of the Dynamics of Employment within Kenyan Export Industries
  • Betty Chinyamunyamu: The Impact of Government Interventions in Agriculture on Women Farmers: The Case of the Malawi Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP)
  • Rowshan Hannan: Reducing poverty through co-operative enterprises
  • Rebecca Howard: Pathways to ‘Fair Carbon’: Assessing Fairness in Standard Setting and Carbon Projects

I am currently supervising the following postgraduate researchers:

  • Adrian Fenton: "Climate change adaptation and microfinance: A potential win-win scenario?"
  • Liz Morgan: "Ways of framing climate change to drive material scale mitigation and adaptation strategies of large consumer-facing businesses"
  • Laura Smith: How can peace research contribute to thinking about CSR and development and in what ways can approaches to CSR deliver sustainability in extractive contexts in the global south?
  • Heather Briggs: Vertical agriculture in Europe: what contribution to sustainability?
  • Claudia Pollen: Employment and Gender: An analysis of the insertion of the cut flower industry in the global value chain in Zambia
  • Simon Manda: Large Scale Agricultural Investment and livelihood impacts: the case of sugar in Zambia